Strategic outcome and program descriptions

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Department

Strategic Outcome 1

The Government's agenda and decision making are supported and implemented and the institutions of government are supported and maintained.

Program 1.1 — Advice and support to the Prime Minister and portfolio ministers

PCO provides professional, non-partisan advice and support to the Prime Minister and portfolio ministers on the full spectrum of issues and policies they address on a daily basis. PCO also provides advice and support on: the structure and organization of government; government-wide communications; the Governor-in-Council appointments system; the development and implementation of parliamentary and legislative programs; democratic reform; and legal issues. In addition, PCO provides administrative advice and support pertaining to the budgets of the Prime Minister's Office and those of the offices of portfolio ministers.

Program 1.2 — Advice and support to Cabinet and Cabinet committees

PCO supports the efficient and effective functioning of Cabinet and Cabinet committees on a day-to-day basis. As part of this work, PCO coordinates departmental policy, legislative and government administration proposals going to Cabinet and its committees; performs a challenge function during the policy development process; and prepares briefing materials and accompanying policy analysis to facilitate Cabinet's decision-making process. PCO also provides a secretariat function for Cabinet and its committees, which includes scheduling and support services for meetings, as well as preparation and distribution of Cabinet documents. In addition, PCO supports effective policy integration across the federal government so that proposals take into account the full range of departmental perspectives and issues related to implementation, such as communications, parliamentary affairs, intergovernmental relations and budget impacts.

Program 1.3 — Public service leadership and direction

PCO supports the development and maintenance of a high-quality Public Service that meets the highest standards of accountability, transparency and efficiency. As part of this work, PCO provides advice to the Clerk of the Privy Council and the Prime Minister on the renewal of public service and government operations in order to position the Public Service workforce and workplace for the future as more adaptable, innovative and streamlined. PCO also supports the human resources management of senior leaders across the government, including performance management and leadership development.

Strategic Outcome 2

The following program supports all strategic outcomes within this organization.

Program 2.1 — Internal services

The Internal services program supports all strategic outcomes and is common across government. Internal services are groups of related activities and resources that are administered to support the needs of programs and other corporate obligations of an organization. These groups are: Management and oversight services; Communications services; Legal services; Human resources management services; Financial management services; Information management services; Information technology services; Real property services; Materiel services; Acquisition services; and Travel and Other administrative services. Internal services include only those activities and resources that apply across an organization and not to those provided specifically to a program.

Canadian Intergovernmental Conference Secretariat

Strategic Outcome 1

Senior-level intergovernmental conference services are professionally and successfully delivered.

Program 1.1 — Conference Services

Provision of expert, impartial support services for the planning and conduct of First Ministers, Ministers and Deputy Ministers level of federal‑provincial‑territorial and provincial‑territorial conferences.

Strategic Outcome 2

The following program supports all strategic outcomes within this organization.

Program 2.1 — Internal services

The Internal services program supports all strategic outcomes and is common across government. Internal services are groups of related activities and resources that are administered to support the needs of programs and other corporate obligations of an organization. These groups are: Management and oversight services; Communications services; Legal services; Human resources management services; Financial management services; Information management services; Information technology services; Real property services; Materiel services; Acquisition services; and Travel and Other administrative services. Internal services include only those activities and resources that apply across an organization and not to those provided specifically to a program.

Canadian Transportation Accident Investigation and Safety Board

Strategic Outcome 1

Risks to the safety of the transportation system are reduced.

Program 1.1 — Air Investigations

The Air Investigations Program conducts independent investigations into selected air transportation occurrences in or over Canada, and in certain circumstances internationally, to identify causes and contributing factors. This program also publishes investigation reports, formulates recommendations to improve safety, communicates safety information, undertakes outreach activities to advocate for changes, and follows up on responses to recommendations. The Air Investigations Program also fulfills Canada's obligations related to transportation safety as required by the International Civil Aviation Organization. This program is governed by the Canadian Transportation Accident Investigation and Safety Board Act, the Transportation Safety Board Regulations, and the Annex 13 of the Convention on International Civil Aviation.

Program 1.2 — Rail Investigations

The Rail Investigations Program conducts independent investigations into selected rail transportation occurrences to identify causes and contributing factors. This program also publishes investigation reports, formulates recommendations to improve safety, communicates safety information, undertakes outreach activities to advocate for change, and follows up on responses to recommendations. The Rail Investigations Program also provides assistance, upon request, to the provinces and territories for the investigation of short‑line railway occurrences under provincial or territorial jurisdiction. This program is governed by the Canadian Transportation Accident Investigation and Safety Board Act and the Transportation Safety Board Regulations.

Program 1.3 — Marine Investigations

The Marine Investigations Program conducts independent investigations into selected marine transportation occurrences in Canada, and in certain circumstances internationally to identify causes and contributing factors. This program also publishes investigation reports, formulates recommendations to improve safety, communicates safety information, undertakes outreach activities to advocate for change, and follows up on responses to recommendations. The Marine Investigations Program also fulfils some of Canada's obligations related to transportation safety as required by the International Maritime Organization. This program is governed by the Canadian Transportation Accident Investigation and Safety Board Act, the Transportation Safety Board Regulations, and the Casualty Investigation Code of the International Maritime Organization.

Program 1.4 — Pipeline Investigations

The Pipeline Investigations Program conducts independent investigations into selected pipeline occurrences under federal jurisdiction within Canada to identify causes and contributing factors. This program also publishes investigation reports, formulates recommendations to improve safety, communicates safety information, undertakes outreach activities to advocate for change, and follows up on responses to recommendations. This program is governed by the Canadian Transportation Accident Investigation and Safety Board Act and the Transportation Safety Board Regulations.

Strategic Outcome 2

The following program supports all strategic outcomes within this organization.

Program 2.1 — Internal services

The Internal services program supports all strategic outcomes and is common across government. Internal services are groups of related activities and resources that are administered to support the needs of programs and other corporate obligations of an organization. These groups are: Management and oversight services; Communications services; Legal services; Human resources management services; Financial management services; Information management services; Information technology services; Real property services; Materiel services; Acquisition services; and Travel and Other administrative services. Internal services include only those activities and resources that apply across an organization and not to those provided specifically to a program.

Office of the Chief Electoral Officer

Strategic Outcome 1

An Accessible Electoral Framework that Canadians Trust and Use.

Program 1.1 — Electoral Operations

This program allows Elections Canada to deliver fair and efficient electoral events whenever they may be required so that Canadians are able to exercise their democratic right to vote during a federal general election, by‑election or referendum by providing an accessible and constantly improved electoral process responsive to the needs of electors.

Program 1.2 — Regulation of Electoral Activities

This program provides Canadians with an electoral process that is fair, transparent and in compliance with the Canada Elections Act. Within this program, Elections Canada is responsible for administering the political financing provisions of the Act. This includes monitoring compliance, disclosure and reporting of financial activities, and enforcing electoral legislation.

Program 1.3 — Electoral Engagement

This program promotes and sustains the Canadian electoral process. It provides Canadians with electoral education and information activities so that they can make informed decisions about their engagement in the electoral process. It also aims to improve the electoral framework by consulting and sharing electoral practices with other stakeholders.

Strategic Outcome 2

The following program supports all strategic outcomes within this organization.

Program 2.1 — Internal services

The Internal services program supports all strategic outcomes and is common across government. Internal services are groups of related activities and resources that are administered to support the needs of programs and other corporate obligations of an organization. These groups are: Management and oversight services; Communications services; Legal services; Human resources management services; Financial management services; Information management services; Information technology services; Real property services; Materiel services; Acquisition services; and Travel and Other administrative services. Internal services include only those activities and resources that apply across an organization and not to those provided specifically to a program.

Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages

Strategic Outcome 1

Rights guaranteed by the Official Languages Act are protected and linguistic duality is promoted as a fundamental value of Canadian society.

Program 1.1 — Protection of Language Rights

Through this program, the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages investigates complaints filed by citizens who believe their language rights have not been respected, evaluates compliance with the Official Languages Act by federal institutions and other organizations subject to the Act through performance measurements and audits, and intervenes proactively to prevent non‑compliance with the Act. As well, the Commissioner may intervene before the courts in cases that deal with non‑compliance to the Official Languages Act.

Program 1.2 — Promotion of Linguistic Duality

Through this program, the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages (OCOL) works with Parliamentarians, federal institutions and other organizations subject to the Official Languages Act, official language communities and the Canadian public in promoting linguistic duality. OCOL builds links between federal institutions, official language communities and the different levels of government to help them better understand the needs of official language communities, the importance of bilingualism and the value of respecting Canada's linguistic duality. To fulfil its role in that promotion, OCOL conducts research, studies and public awareness activities as well as intervenes with senior federal officials so that they instil a change in culture to fully integrate linguistic duality in their organizations.

Strategic Outcome 2

The following program supports all strategic outcomes within this organization.

Program 2.1 — Internal services

The Internal services program supports all strategic outcomes and is common across government. Internal services are groups of related activities and resources that are administered to support the needs of programs and other corporate obligations of an organization. These groups are: Management and oversight services; Communications services; Legal services; Human resources management services; Financial management services; Information management services; Information technology services; Real property services; Materiel services; Acquisition services; and Travel and Other administrative services. Internal services include only those activities and resources that apply across an organization and not to those provided specifically to a program.

Security Intelligence Review Committee

Strategic Outcome 1

Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) performs its duties and functions in accordance with the law, policy and Ministerial direction.

Program 1.1 — Reviews

Conduct reviews of CSIS activities to ensure effectiveness, appropriateness and compliance. Develop annual research plan identifying reviews to be conducted each year, examine CSIS operations, provide a retrospective examination and assessment of specific CSIS investigations and functions, examine information concerning CSIS's activities, assess CSIS compliance, and issue findings and recommendations. The objective is to provide Parliament, the Minister of Public Safety and Canadians with a comprehensive picture of CSIS's operational activities, and assurance that CSIS is acting within its mandate.

Program 1.2 — Complaints

Conduct investigations into complaints concerning CSIS made by either individuals or groups as per the CSIS Act. Under Section 41 of the CSIS Act, SIRC investigates "any act or thing done by the Service" under Section 42, SIRC investigates complaints about denials of security clearances to federal government employees and contractors. SIRC may also conduct an investigation in relation to referrals from the Canadian Human Rights Commission and Minister's reports in regards to the Citizenship Act. If jurisdiction is established, complaints are investigated through a quasi‑judicial hearing presided over by one or more Committee members. The time to investigate and resolve a complaint will vary in length depending on the complexity of the file, the quantity of documents to be examined, the number of hearing days required and the availability of the participants. On completion of a Section 41 investigation, SIRC provides a report to the Director of CSIS and to the Minister of Public Safety, as well as a declassified version of the report to the complainant.On completion of a Section 42 investigation, SIRC reports its findings and any recommendations to the Minister of Public Safety, the Director of CSIS and the Deputy Head concerned, and provides a declassified version of the report to the complainant.

Strategic Outcome 2

The following program supports all strategic outcomes within this organization.

Program 2.1 — Internal services

The Internal services program supports all strategic outcomes and is common across government. Internal services are groups of related activities and resources that are administered to support the needs of programs and other corporate obligations of an organization. These groups are: Management and oversight services; Communications services; Legal services; Human resources management services; Financial management services; Information management services; Information technology services; Real property services; Materiel services; Acquisition services; and Travel and Other administrative services. Internal services include only those activities and resources that apply across an organization and not to those provided specifically to a program.

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